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Book
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Edition:
First edition.
Publisher, Date:
[New York] : Thomas & Mercer, [2019].
Description:
338 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences. As it turns out, the danger is worse than she thought. A spatter of dried blood, a missing security badge, a suspicious suicide - a series of disturbing clues point to Callis twin sister, Carme, who's been MIA for days. Desperate to halt the countdown to disaster and to clear her sisters name, Captain Chase digs deep into her vast cyber security knowledge and her painful past, probing for answers to her twins erratic conduct. As time is running out, she realizes that failure means catastrophenot just for the space program but for the safety of the whole nation.
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ISBN:
9781542094061 (hardcover)
System Availability:
3
Current Holds:
0
Control Number:
214185
Call Number:
M Cor
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0
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3
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Author Notes
Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, Florida on June 9, 1956. When she was nine years old, her mother tried to give her and her two brothers to evangelist Billy Graham and his wife to care for. For a while the children lived with missionaries since their mother was unable to care for them. <p> After graduating from Davidson College in 1979, she worked for The Charlotte Observer eventually covering the police beat and winning an investigative reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association for a series of articles on prostitution and crime in downtown Charlotte. Her award-winning biography of Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of Billy Graham, A Time for Remembering, was published in 1983. From 1984 to 1990, she worked as a technical writer and a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. While working for the medical examiner, she began to write novels. Although the award-winning novel Postmortem was initially rejected by seven different publishers, once it was published in 1990 it became the only novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Adventure, in one year. <p> She is the author of the Kay Scarpetta series, the Andy Brazil series, and the Winston Garano series. She has also written two cookbooks entitled Scarpetta's Winter Table and Food to Die For; a children's book entitled Life's Little Fable; and non-fiction works like Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Callisto "Calli" Chase (Female), Investigator, Cybercrime exprt, Twin, Brilliant; unusual; NASA pilot; quantum physicist; cybercrime investigator; races against time to stop a secret space mission and to clear her twin sister's name
Genre
Fiction
Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Topics
Space travel
Secret mission
Sabotage
Suspicious deaths
Missing persons
Sisters
Manhunts
Race against time
Cybercrime
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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Trade Reviews

  Publishers Weekly Review

Sabotage and family loyalty collide in this disappointing series launch from bestseller Cornwell (the Kay Scarpetta series). When Capt. Callisto "Calli" Chase, a NASA cybercrime expert, investigates a security breach and a suspicious death in the tunnels below the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., she has reason to worry that the trail will lead to her identical twin sister, Carme, a fighter pilot who went AWOL a few days earlier. The tension grows as Calli realizes the breach represents a serious threat to the space program, though undercut by extended crime scene descriptions that at times provide nitty-gritty specifics twice--in grams and pounds, kilometers and miles, Celsius and Fahrenheit. These factoids do little to propel the narrative forward to the abrupt cliffhanger ending. A bigger problem is wunderkind Calli. Her prodigious gifts enable her to dominate every conversation and handle cyanide, surveillance, and hazmat suits with equal aplomb. Flashbacks reveal critical incidents in Calli's past, yet her character lacks the vulnerability of a flesh-and-blood human being. Scarpetta fans will have a hard time taking to Cornwell's implausible new heroine. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Oct.)

  Kirkus Review

The creator of Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta (Chaos, 2016, etc.) peers into space and finds just as much skulduggery there.Less than nine hours from now, a pair of astronauts, Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, are scheduled to install a Low Earth Atmospheric Reader in the International Space Station. Only a handful of people with NASA know that LEAR isn't really LEAR; its status as a quantum machine, America's opening bid to establish a world-dominating quantum internet, is top secret. One of those people is federal special agent Capt. Calli Chase, "a nerdy scientist whose hobby is to moonlight as a security guard" for NASA Protective Services. That's a great skill set for her to have, for hours before the installation is set to begin, and shortly after electrical engineer Vera Young, an outside contractor, reports her ID badge stolen, someone or something trips an alarm in the deep-sunk "Yellow Submarine" tunnel linking NASA buildings 1110 and 1111. As a winter storm and a partial government shutdown inch toward the site, Calli and Maj. Fran Lacey, a multiphobic officer of the NASA police, investigate the suspicious site and find no reason the alarm should have gone off. In the meantime, though, there's potentially more disturbing news: Vera Young seems to have hanged herself after dousing her body in bleacha possible-crime scene that gives Cornwell a chance to show off her trademark forensics. If Vera didn't kill herself, who did? Could it have been her sister, Neva Rong, the CEO of Pandora Space Systems? Or Calli's own twin sister, Carme, a wraithlike, teasingly equivocal figure whose presence Calli keeps sensing even when she's nowhere to be found? Fans mourning Scarpetta's absence will console themselves with a death grip on the myriad technical details, an equally strong, even more tormented heroine, and the determined neglect of the remaining characters.In place of human interest, savor all those acronyms: HIRF, FOD-1, EVA, OEM, TLC, PSS, DARPA, PONGS, PRCH, STM, SPIRNet. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p> International bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers pulse-pounding thrills in the first book in a series featuring a brilliant and unusual new heroine, cutting-edge cybertechnology, and stakes that are astronomically high. </p> <p>On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences.</p> <p>As it turns out, the danger is worse than she thought. A spatter of dried blood, a missing security badge, a suspicious suicide--a series of disturbing clues point to Calli's twin sister, Carme, who's been MIA for days.</p> <p>Desperate to halt the countdown to disaster and to clear her sister's name, Captain Chase digs deep into her vast cyber security knowledge and her painful past, probing for answers to her twin's erratic conduct. As time is running out, she realizes that failure means catastrophe--not just for the space program but for the safety of the whole nation.</p> <p>Brilliantly crafted, gripping, and smart, Patricia Cornwell's cliffhanger ending will keep readers wondering what's next for Captain Calli Chase.</p>
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